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The Picturebooks rock on down to the Jewelbox.

Image via The Heavy Chronicles.

Mon, June 15
Zach Dundas: The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes
Join journalist and author Zach Dundas at Third Place Books for a talk on his most recent work—The Great Detective: the Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes. The book is a revealing biography of the author Arthur Conan Doyle and his inspiration that dreamed up the legendary pike smoking detective, as well as a run down of how Holmes’ legacy has been carried forward through the ages by the likes of BBC’s Sherlock television series. Dundas, an executive editor at Seattle Met’s sister publication Portland Monthly, pieces together readings, interviews, and other material to examine the origins and current state of the Holmesian universe. Third Place Books, Free

Mon, June 15
The Picturebooks
Tortured blues garage rock lives on in the form of the Picturebooks: a denim-clad long haired duo whose tracks of howling vocals, twangy guitar, and solemn throbbing drums conjure up vivid and haunting imagery of grimy sweat, dusty highways, roaring Harley choppers, and bitter heartbreak. The Picturebooks is a skateboard- and motorcycle-loving version of the Black Keys, but with more filth and grit. Oh, and the guys are German. Jewelbox Theater, $8

Tue, June 16
The Construction Zone: The Melting Pot
Brooklyn-based playwright Kristen Palmer shares The Melting Pot for the latest installment of ACT Theatre's and Live Girls! ongoing The Construction Zone series, where playwrights read, discuss, and develop their work with live audiences. The Melting Pot offers a tale of a disillusioned prodigal PhD candidate who, after witnessing her study subject (the Cryosphere) melt away due to global warming, returns home to find her town and family living in ignorance and isolation, unaware of the effects of climate change. When she struggles to even make an impact on the local level, she's forced into taking drastic action. ACT Theater, $10

June 18–21
Honk! Fest West
The bold brassy sounds and invigorating beats of street bands takes the spotlight this weekend at Honk! Fest West. Marching bands, drum corps, and various busking noisemakers from across the country gather at Seattle Center, Gasworks Park, and other places around town for (mostly free) celebrations of their unique and colorful musical stylings. This year's festivities kickoff at Nectar Lounge in Fremont with Revenge of the Band Nerds IV, a jam-packed noisy night of beautifully obnoxious and soul-warming brass and funk bands. The evening's lineup includes the New Orleans-based New Creations Brass Band, Gora Gora Orkestar from Boulder, Colorado, and Seattle's own Chaotic Noise Marching Corps. Various venues, Free–$12

June 19–21
Fremont Solstice Fair
Choose your own adventure from more than 300 crafts vendors, both human and dog parades, the far-out hip-hop of Deltron 3030 and local alt-rock favorites the Presidents of the United States of America—and, of course, plenty of food and beer to keep you satiated the whole time. Fremont, Free; Solstice Concerts $25–$45

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